Scoping Comment Period Open for Upper Mill Project on Marienville District

May 7, 2024

MARIENVILLE, Pa. — The Forest Service announced that the scoping comment period for the Upper Mill Project on the Marienville Ranger District is open.

Comments must be submitted by May 31, 2024, and can be submitted through any of the following methods:

  • Mail: Daniele Gualtieri, District Ranger, Marienville Ranger District, 131 Smokey Lane, Marienville, PA, 16239
  • Fax: (814) 927-2285; ATTN: Daniele Gualtieri
  • Email: online at www.fs.usda.gov/project/allegheny/?project=65828. Click on Comment/Object on Project, located on the right side of the webpage under the Get Connected sidebar. If uploading attachments, please use file formats compatible with Microsoft Office or Adobe Acrobat.
  • Verbal: comments will be accepted by phone Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. at the Marienville Ranger District office (814) 927-5700.

Comments, including the names and addresses of those who comment, are considered part of the project record and available for public review. Additional information about this project is available online.

The proposal includes timber harvesting, reforestation, wildlife and aquatic habitat improvements, changes and improvements to forest roads, and the treatment of non-native invasive plants. This project would allow the forest to achieve a diversity of tree species and contribute to a healthy and resilient ecosystem.

“The Upper Mill project’s proposed activities would implement Forest Plan goals and objectives as it addresses forest health concerns. It will also increase the resiliency of the forest,” District Ranger Daniele Gualtieri said in a release.

Gualtieri added that this project addresses serious challenges to sustainable forest health and water quality.

“The scoping documents describe these challenges in detail, along with our proposals to address them,” Gualtieri said. “I am interested in hearing your concerns, issues, or suggestions regarding our proposed activities. Your comments will help us determine whether we need to refine the proposed action or develop alternative ways to accomplish our objectives.”

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